Chris Algieri is taking a big bite of the Big Apple with his continued showcase of bravado in the runup to his clash with Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 22 in Macau.
The New York press has been all abuzz over the weekend with Algieri’s upcoming world welterweight title showdown with the unbeaten 30 year-old from Long Island telling the New York Post and the New York Daily News that he is out to score an upset.
“Hey, this is Operation Retire a Legend,” Algieri said in a story written by ace staffer Mitch Abramson of the NY Daily News when asked if he intends to face Floyd Mayweather after Pacquiao.
Algieri, an overwhelming underdog, said he will make Pacquiao work every second of every round in their scheduled 12-rounder at the 15,000-capacity CotaiArena.
“I’m going to set a wicked pace. I’m going to box smartly. I (am) going to put pressure and be in his face all night along and I’m going to dominate down the stretch,” said Algieri in an interview with acclaimed journalist and author George Willis of the NY Post.
Pacquiao, who turns 36 three weeks after the fight, has started light training in General Santos City in anticipation of trainer Freddie Roach’s arrival early next month.
Even though Pacquiao is also heavily involved in two other taxing professions—lawmaker and playing coach of Kia Motors—he remains convinced he is not spreading himself too thinly.
Roach is looking forward to spending the majority of the time training Pacquiao in General Santos City where he plans to hold the crucial stage of the preparation in the company of sparmates he will import from the US.
Pacquiao insists he is not taking the 5-10 ½ Algieri, who holds an almost five-inch advantage, for granted.
Algieri will be the tallest foe Pacquao will face after the 5-11 Margarito.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks